Following the news that the nationwide ‘Holiday Activity & Food’ programme was being expanded across the country in 2021, The Harlequins Foundation have partnered with Achieving for Children’s network of local community organisations to support vulnerable young people this Easter.
In Richmond and Kingston, over 6000 children are eligible to receive free school meals, and therefore benefit from taking part in the F.U.E.L (Feeding Ur Everyday Lives) initiative.
Even without the impact of a global pandemic, childcare and food costs during the holidays can present pressures for a large number of families. For some children, this can result in them being less likely to access holiday activities, more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’, loneliness and social isolation.
“I would like to thank The Harlequins Foundation for this amazing programme, the format and type of activities have been highly beneficial for my son.
I can confidently say this is the best inclusive programme my son has ever attended.
Special thanks to your talented coaches for helping my son this week.”
(FUEL Programme Parent)
Giving young people the opportunity to access safe, enjoyable and meaningful physical activity is an important part of the Foundation’s mission, “Building Brighter Futures”. Our core work in the community spans across three key pillars; Skills, Wellbeing and Inclusion. In addition to providing accessible opportunities for young people to stay active this Easter, our professional chefs have also cooked over 850 healthy meals to the local network of volunteer and community organisations working on the FUEL programme.
Harlequins Foundation Schools Manager, Matthew Williams, said:
“We’re really proud to have been able to support Achieving for Children with such a fantastic initiative. It’s great to see so many young people taking advantage of the opportunities on offer thanks to a fantastic group of local organisations.”
You can find out more about the work of The Harlequins Foundation by heading to our website, www.harlequins.foundation or by following us on social media: @quinsfoundation (Twitter), ‘Harlequins Foundation’ (Instagram).
To hear more about how we can support your local school, please contact The Harlequins Foundation’s Manager, Andy Carpenter via firstname.lastname@example.org